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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Fraud and Abuse

  • Posted On July 12, 2018
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Written by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey:

One in five seniors has been the victim of a financial crime. Some lose money to fraudulent loan investment schemes and others fall prey to crooked telemarketers, phony charities and dishonest contractors.

It happened to my mother. A man called and told her he was a police officer and that her grandson was in jail. He told my mother that she needed to wire money overseas. He also told her not to tell anyone. If she did, his criminal activity certainly would have been uncovered. If this can happen to my mother, it can happen to anyone.

I am committed to prosecuting these cases and making sure criminals are punished. But I also want to prevent these kinds of financial crimes before they happen. The best way to stop fraud is through education.

Seniors and their families can reduce their chance of becoming victims by being informed and following basic rules to protect themselves. This information includes tips on fraud prevention that are simple but effective.

If you or a senior you know has been a fraud victim, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-(877) 4-R-SENIORS or 1-(877) 477-3646. For more information about the District Attorney’s Office, visit our website at http://da.lacounty.gov.
 
Jackie Lacey
District Attorney
Los Angeles County
 
CON ARTISTS USE MANY SCAMS: Con artists use a variety of ways to get their hands on your hard-earned life savings. They know that seniors possess an enormous concentration of wealth. They know that seniors, who were raised in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, were taught to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits. Often, seniors who live alone are targeted.
 
Scams take many forms and criminals use numerous ruses. Sometimes the criminal seems to be a friend – even a romantic interest. Unfortunately, in many cases, the people defrauding seniors are family members. Many con artists go door-to-door to find victims, running home-repair scams, investment schemes or soliciting donations for phony charities. Other criminals make their ill-gotten gains through the phone or Internet.
 
Some of these criminals may use friendly chatter or will drop the name of someone you know. Others use high-pressure tactics to get you to divulge your Social Security number, birth date, debit or credit card account and personal identification number or PIN.
 
Some phone scammers pretend to be police officers or government employees, and they concoct a variety of clever ploys. Others get to know their victims intimately, working over the course of months or years to get access to their assets. In some cases, family members take control of seniors’ finances for their own personal gain.
 
PREVENTION: It takes vigilance and preparation to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. You need to be aware that there are unscrupulous individuals who are trying to get rich by stealing from your life savings. Simple steps can be taken to make sure you do not become a victim of fraud. Often, it is as easy as hanging up the phone or saying: “No, thank you.”
 
Here are a few tips:
 
Don’t wire money to strangers, even if they say they are a police officer.
 
Don’t share identifying information such as Social Security and bank account numbers with unsolicited callers. An actual bank or credit card company will not ask for such information.
 
Don’t unlock or open the door to unknown, uninvited visitors.
 
Don’t let them in your home, even if they claim to be a police officer, utility worker or government employee. Use peep holes or intercoms to identify visitors before unlocking or opening a door.
 
Call police if a stranger lingers or refuses to leave your property or doorway area.
 
Screen your calls through an answering machine or caller ID system. Hang up the phone if you don’t know the caller.
Never buy anything over the phone unless you initiated the call.
 
Never open any email from an unknown sender, no matter what the subject line says. That email may allow the sender to hack into your personal information.
 
Shred unwanted past credit card bills, investment records, insurance policies, medical and tax records. Identity thieves dig through trash for these documents.
 
Verify the identities of strangers before starting a business transaction or making a donation. Don’t be fooled by deals that sound too good to be true.
 
LOOK FOR DANGER SIGNS: If you know or care for an older adult, here are some warning signs that may point to financial abuse:
 
There is unusual activity – such as withdrawals or new names added – on the person’s financial accounts.
 
The senior suddenly appears confused, unkempt and afraid. Essential bills are going unpaid.
 
The caregiver will not allow others access to the senior.
 
The residence contains many sweepstakes mailings, magazine subscriptions or free gifts. 
 
This may indicate that successful con artists previously have victimized the senior.

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Jackie Lacey, D.A. Los Angeles CA.

Care4You is quite honored to feature District Attorney Jackie Lacey as our Professional Spotlight! Thank you D.A. Lacey for everything that you do to serve our community well! We appreciate you!

D.A. Jackie Lacey

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd District Attorney. She was re-elected four years later without opposition.

Her top priority is keeping the streets of Los Angeles County safe from violent and dangerous criminals. She is committed to safeguarding our children from human sex traffickers, our seniors from financial elder abuse and our communities from environmental crimes that threaten our health and our livelihood.

District Attorney Lacey has worked with business leaders on how best to protect consumers from computer network intrusions that jeopardize our bank accounts and credit ratings. She also remains committed to prosecuting government officials who violate the public’s trust.

A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, District Attorney Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation, with a workforce of approximately 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators and 800 support staff employees.

She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

Read D.A. Lacey’s Full Bio here>

Elder abuse is a rapidly growing criminal problem. As the baby boom generation grays and life expectancy increases, incidents of physical, emotional and financial abuse against elders are expected to grow unless steps are taken. Detection of abuse, neglect and fraud is critical. One of District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s top priorities is safeguarding seniors from financial crimes. Her mother was the victim of a telephone scam.

She initiated a public education campaign in partnership with the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, in which the District Attorney’s Office trains and equips Rotary Club volunteers to educate seniors on how to protect themselves against fraud.

As part of the campaign, the District Attorney and her mother made public service announcements warning elders about the dangers of financial scams. The office also produces twice monthly Fraud Alerts to warn the public about new and ongoing scams in Los Angeles County. You may view them here. The office also created a new pamphlet, Safeguarding Your Future, filled with tips to help seniors avoid being defrauded.

For these efforts, the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Financial Abuse Outreach campaign was presented in October 2014 with the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission’s Top Ten Award and Plain Language Award.

Excellent…well done, D.A. Lacey!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; Office of the District Attorney, Los Angeles, CA.

Care4You is proud to feature the Office of the District Attorney Los Angeles as our Community Partner! We very much appreciate the work being done in this very important office for the safety of everyone in our community!!

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, LOS ANGELES

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the largest local prosecutorial office in the United States.

Members of the District Attorney’s staff strive to vigorously, effectively and fairly prosecute all those who break laws in Los Angeles County and see that those convicted are appropriately punished.

The office’s top priority is the prosecution of violent and dangerous criminals – murderers, rapists, gang members, child abusers and robbers among them.

Nearly 1,000 attorneys, known as deputy district attorneys, prosecute more than 71,000 serious crimes called felonies throughout Los Angeles County each year.

They also prosecute roughly 112,000 less serious crimes known as misdemeanors in unincorporated areas and in 78 of the county’s 88 cities. Ten cities, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena, have city prosecutors who handle misdemeanor crimes and municipal code violations that occur within their jurisdictions.

Deputy district attorneys are prosecutors who represent the people of the State of California. They review investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies and decide whether there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges. They also decide what charge or charges, if any, are appropriate based on the evidence presented. Prosecutors handle court proceedings, including trials, that may follow the filing of criminal charges.

The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes cases in a large geographical area covering 4,083 square miles. Its jurisdiction stretches from the Antelope Valley to Long Beach and from Pomona to Malibu. Los Angeles County, with more than 10 million residents, is the nation’s most populous county – larger in population than 42 states.

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Elder abuse is a rapidly growing criminal problem. As the baby boom generation grays and life expectancy increases, incidents of physical, emotional and financial abuse against elders are expected to grow unless steps are taken. Detection of abuse, neglect and fraud is critical. One of District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s top priorities is safeguarding seniors from financial crimes. Her mother was the victim of a telephone scam.

She initiated a public education campaign in partnership with the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, in which the District Attorney’s Office trains and equips Rotary Club volunteers to educate seniors on how to protect themselves against fraud.

As part of this campaign, these web pages include important information about the warning signs of possible criminal activity involving financial fraud. There also is important information on physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.

If you are concerned that a senior is being victimized, please contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline 1-877-4-R-SENIORS (1-877-477-3646). You also may report elder abuse online at this Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services website (https://fw4.harmonyis.net/LACSSLiveintake/).

View additional resources on keeping seniors safe.

Source including an excellent brief video here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Dehydration

  • Posted On June 19, 2018
  • Categorized In Awareness
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“Everyone needs water to survive. Water delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout our bodies. It protects and moistens organs and tissue, and carries wastes out of the body. Water also controls body temperature by making sweat to cool you down when you become hot. Our bodies lose fluids every day through urination, perspiration, and even when we breathe. These fluids need to be replaced. While every person’s body is different, most adults should drink about 8 glasses (1 glass = 8 ounces) of fluids every day, and most children over age four should drink about 6-10 glasses every day.

What is dehydration?

When your body does not have enough water or liquid, it cannot work the way it should. This is called dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses liquid more quickly than it is replaced. This can happen as a result of:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Increased perspiration caused by fever, exercise, or hot and humid weather
  • Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that increase urination (coffee, tea, or soda)
  • Taking certain medications that increase urination (diuretics, antihistamines or blood pressure medications)
  • Bladder infections or urinary tract infections
  • Eating certain foods (especially salty foods or broths)
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • The same things that commonly cause dehydration – diarrhea, vomiting, and increased sweating or urination – also cause your body to lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts and minerals (including sodium, potassium and chloride) that dissolve in your blood. A proper balance of electrolytes is necessary for cells, organs and the nervous system to function properly. Losing electrolytes during dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop, and make you feel dizzy or lightheaded.

How can I tell if someone is dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration can be mild or severe. If someone is dehydrated, he or she may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness, especially when moving or standing up
  • A dry, sticky mouth
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark urine
  • An inability to produce sweat or tears
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Sleepiness, tiredness or confusion
  • Chills

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always the best gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children or older adults. The color of a person’s urine may be a better indicator. Clear or light-colored urine usually means that a person is well-hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color signals they are not drinking enough water.

What should I do if someone I support is dehydrated?”

Read more here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Donna Castrejon, Community Service Specialist

Care4You is so honored to feature Donna Castrejon, Community Service Specialist, Senior Events & Funds Development at Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga as our Professional Spotlight. Thank you so much Donna, for everything that you do on behalf of those whom you serve day to day in your community. Well done!

Donna Castrejon

Donna C has been an integral part of the Senior Center team for over 13 years. Her passion and commitment have made a valuable contribution to the Center’s success in making memories for the seniors who call the Center their 2nd home. Over the past 13 years, she has been a part of the growth and development of the Center’s broad offering of services, events and activities. As the Community Services Specialist, she is constantly challenged with finding new and exciting programs to bring into the Center. To Donna, it’s all about the smiles on the faces of the 500 plus seniors coming through the doors each morning eagerly anticipating another great day spent with friends and the wonderful Center staff.

As Donna recently told Sausha Sherbin, our community liaison during a recent visit to the Center, “I love this place – It’s not a job, it’s a dream come true. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Unless I’m spending time with my grandson.”

Contact Donna through her email address or phone:

Donna.castrejon@cityofrc.us

(909) 477-2780 ext 3807

Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; Central Park, Rancho Cucamonga

Care4You is very proud to have Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga as our Community Partner. Thank you to everyone there for all that you do to contribute your time and talents for the benefit of the Seniors in your community!

Central Park
One Roof, Two Centers

Central Park is a 57,000-square-foot facility located at the North West corner of Milliken Avenue and Base Line Road, just a short distance west of the Interstate 15 in between the 10 and 210 Freeways in Rancho Cucamonga. The 2005 dedication of the James L. Brulte Senior Center and Goldy S. Lewis Community Center at Central Park marks the completion of the first phase of their 103 acre Central Park project. Additional Phases will be planned as funding becomes available.

The James L. Brulte Senior Center and Goldy S. Lewis Community Center are two centers, built under one roof. The building was designed with a warm and welcoming feel with an “early California” motif. Together with inviting fireplaces, comfortable conversation seating areas and a wide variety of flexible rental space; the facility provides for endless possibilities as a venue. Their two main event halls can be combined with their open courtyard area to accommodate an expo or conference.

Whether you’re hosting a business meeting, wedding or large conference, their stunning interiors, event spaces and on-site services will help you create a memorable event.

Visit the Central Park, Rancho Cucamonga’s website here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: National Nurses Week; May 6-12, 2018!

National Nurses Week

“We take pride in the fact that the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years. Our commitment to protecting, promoting, and improving health care for all is well recognized, and we serve the public in a wide range of roles and work settings. Therefore, it is only fitting that we take one week each year to celebrate our profession and the vital roles nurses play in health care.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It features a host of events across the U.S. to honor nurses for the work they do, and educates the public about nurses’ role in health care.

While the first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954 – the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s famous mission to the Crimea – it wasn’t until President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that May 6th would henceforth be National Nurses Day that the annual celebration of nurses’ efforts would be nationally recognized.” ~ American Nurses Association>

Celebrating National Nurses Week at Care4You

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: May is National Stroke Awareness Month

  • Posted On May 10, 2018
  • Categorized In Awareness
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Stroke Awareness

“May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. What happens when someone experiences a stroke and what occurs on the way to and at the hospital, is the focus of this year’s National Stroke Awareness Month video.

Save a life by having a better understanding of stroke and by knowing what signs and symptoms to look for.

Source here>

National Stroke Association website here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Dr. Norman T Chien, MD, CMD

Care4You is honored to feature Dr. Norman Chien, MD, CMD in our Professional Spotlight. His dedication to his patients in providing quality care is very well respected. Thank you so much Dr Chien, for your devotion to serve everyone who comes to you in need of your assistance!

Dr. Norman T. Chien, MD, CMD

Dr Chien is committed to each and every one of his members.

An Internist who specializes in geriatric medicine, Dr. Chien is a compassionate clinician in the Pasadena area ever since he finished his fellowship training in St. Louis University Hospital. He serves as part of the faculty staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he received the Zeilstra Physician-Patient Communication Award in 2004. His extended experience in taking care of patients from hospital to long-term care facility has deepened his belief in a holistic approach to wellness.

He finds outdoor activities like hiking, camping and skiing, invigorating and inspiring!

See Dr. Chien’s Signature MD website here>